By Jennifer Topper
Darkish, twisted, and outrageous, 29 Jobs and one million Lies is a glimpse at counterculture's underbelly and makes an attempt to prevail inside that international. From demented B-movie, roach-infested movie creation workplaces chock filled with freakish characters to the Cannes movie competition; from beginning a punk rock list label to its challenging yet inevitable crash; from a dirty, Greenwich Village eating place kitchen to failed makes an attempt at becoming a member of the army, you gotta ask, what is a pleasant lady from the suburbs doing all of this soiled paintings for.
29 Jobs and 1000000 Lies is the gut-wrenching, self-deprecating account of the way ambition to face out was once burnt up by means of clumsy offerings, immaturity and self-defeating righteousness. 29 Jobs is a post-GenX novel, other than it really is real, and within the vein of Sarah Vowell, Chuck Klosterman, and Dave Eggers.
Jenn Topper is simply over the moon that she's published 29 Jobs and 1000000 Lies. Her first novel, Getting the previous Gang again jointly might be out quickly so please remain tuned. Jenn is a proud member of the yr 0 Writer's Collective the place there are numerous writers extra proficient than herself
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I remember one of them, when he got angry, the veins in his neck would pop out, and his face would get red, and he would cock his head and look out the window, and then he would start screaming. The other one, who was totally out of his mind, would just pace around and stomp and get totally freaked out and repeat things over and over again like a regular lunatic. I wanted to be able to let this stuff roll off me, but I took everything personally. I was working 15 hour days and sleeping on my friend’s couch on 95th street, because the commuter trains didn’t leave early enough or go home late enough to get me back to my parents’ house in the ‘burbs.
It was an overnight train and I was in a six-bed cabin with just one other woman, and I went right to sleep. I woke up in Paris the next morning, the train was already stopped and in the station. I felt like my head was run over by the train, my eyeballs felt like they didn’t fit in my head anymore, and I felt like I knew what it was like to have a broken neck. And I had no wallet. Apparently, every passenger on the train car felt the same way, and they didn’t have their wallets, either. The train was apparently sabotaged by thieves who used some kind of sleeping gas, and thieves went into each cabin and robbed the shit out of everyone on the whole train.
And with that, I bid farewell. I was just trying to be smart. Then, and I’m not sure how I hooked this up, I got my first paying job within a week of moving back to my parent’s house. It was at a documentary film company, and I had never heard of them or of any of the films they made. Of course I pretended that I knew about all of their ever-soprestigious films and really, really important exposes. I kind of knew that when I accepted this job it wasn’t going to be a winner. In fact, the level of absurdity in this industry is far beyond what I ever expected.